‘Apna' time aagaya: Inside India's youngest unicorn

Nirmit Parikh was in Dallas when news of his startup, jobs and professional networking platform Apna, entering the unicorn club reached him.
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Nirmit Parikh was in Dallas when news of his startup, jobs and professional networking platform Apna, entering the unicorn club reached him

It may have rung in celebrations for the 20-month-old startup, but Nirmit was focused on other things — primarily expanding to the Southeast Asian and the US markets. 

“I spent the day with some of the workforce here to understand what they need in terms of upskilling and growth. The needs of this market are very different, and we believe growth in these markets is the next step for us,” says Nirmit in a conversation with YourStory

The pre-revenue startup has already seen 125X growth. The platform has over five million job openings on the portal, 150,000 SMB and enterprise recruiters on the platform, 16 million users, having conducted around 18 million interviews. 

It aims to touch over 2.3 billion people in the working class category across the world within the next two years. 

With the latest $100 million Series C funding led by Tiger Global, Apna is now valued at $1.1 billion, and has replaced B2B ecommerce platform Udaan as the youngest startup to reach the unicorn status. 

However, Apna isn’t the first in this market. Startups like Betterplace, JustRojgar and Spayee have their eyes on the same space and opportunity. 

So what led investors to bet on this pre-revenue startup? Read here.

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